The journey from SDLC to ALM – A Programme Office View

PrintWe’ve grown up being educated (at least those of us who have studied Computer Science) about the various phases of a Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), from Initiation through to Deployment. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean all technologists specialise in application development or more importantly that the environment in which we work is right for successful delivery. There are still application development projects that frequently seem to fail to deliver the relevant quality functionality that business stakeholders expect and should demand, not to mention being on time and within budget.

So, along comes the latest evolution, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), although it’s not actually that new a phenomenon, as Whitepapers by renowned author David Chappell date back to 2008. The question is, will this be the panacea for software project delivery, the silver bullet for all projects from conception to deployment and finally into retirement, which naturally coincides with the start of a new ALM programme for the next system?

The answer to that is ‘maybe’, but only if we embed the right processes and adopt the right culture, and where better to lead this from than the Programme Management Office (PMO). PMO is the natural home for ALM and so, having recently joined this function at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities in a Project Governance role, following many years as a Test & QA Professional, and having been involved in the introduction of our SDLC, I can see that many of the foundations are already in place for an ALM framework to compliment the governance policy for the firm’s project portfolio.

Please join me on 27th February 2014 at the Unicom conference to find out more about Mitsubishi UFJ Securities’ journey towards completing the ALM jigsaw and the steps toward higher software process maturity and project delivery.


-Assim Khokhar

Vice President | Project Portfolio Governance Manager | Corporate Technology


Assim Khokhar will be speaking at our Application LifeCycle Management  conference 2014 on the 27 February.”


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